November Reading Pool

booksTime for a new month and since I’ll be chained in a closet most of this night, I thought I would make the reading pool for November available a little early. As usual, I have several suggestions that seem to reoccur regularly. I hope to read many of these before the end of the year so I can start January with a relatively fresh list. But I have also added several new titles to the list, some I have been wanting to read ad a few that just popped up and begged me to read them. Anything catch your fancy?

I’ve glitched my eReader program on my iPad (Marvin) and may have to shuffle a few of the chosen books until it is “fixed.” I have a couple of other readers, including iBooks, so I am not in too much trouble: even though my library of eBooks is on Marvin, I also have them all collected in Calibre. A word to the wise: an eReader is not a database and should only be used to store transitional copies of your books. I have three storage areas: the raw texts on my local cloud, the identified books on Calibre (translated into ePub format), and the reading copies of the eBooks on my eReader. Although it seems anally retentive, 45 years working with computers has taught me more than one sad lesson. So, if you want to make sure … back it up!

Here are the selections for November 2014:

  1. The Green Man — Kingsley Amis *
  2. The Blind Man’s Garden — Nadeem Aslam *
  3. They Were Counted — Miklós Bánfy *
  4. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  5. A Bad Man — Stanley Elkin *
  6. Independence Day — Richard Ford *
  7. The French Lieutenant’s Woman — John Fowles *
  8. Two Girls, Fat and Thin — Mary Gaitskill
  9. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers — Xiaolu Guo *
  10. Greed — Elfriede Jelinek *
  11. Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book — Maxine Hong Kingston
  12. The Interrogation — J. M. G. Le Clézio *
  13. The Old Capital — Yasunari Kawabata
  14. California — Edan Lepucki *
  15. The Golden Notebook — Doris Lessing
  16. A Heart So White — Javier Marías *
  17. Epitaph For a Dead Beat — David Markson *
  18. Defiance — Carole Maso
  19. Morbidly Obese Ninja — Carlton Mellick III *
  20. Daddy Love — Joyce Carol Oates *
  21. The Dalkey Archive — Flann O’Brien
  22. Doomed — Chuck Palahniuk *
  23. Martereau — Nathalie Sarraute
  24. The Room — Hubert Selby Jr *
  25. Pedigree — Georges Simenon *
  26. Snowcrash — Neil Stephenson
  27. Rules For Virgins — Amy Tan *
  28. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace
  29. Salamander — Thomas Wharton *
  30. The Garlic Ballads — Mo Yan *

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